It’s a familiar scene to many a Fringe-goer: a black-box stage, a chair and an actor with his story. But what an electric, even dizzying story
The somewhat sprawling narrative bears some similarity to a set of Russian dolls, adding to this disorientating feeling
All the way from the USA, Kevin Rolston’s one-man performance for First Sprout Theatre is unforgettable for his sheer energy and ability to evoke distinctive, engaging and utterly unique characters – he’s a true powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately the speed with which he switches characters means that we spend a bit too much time playing catch up rather than being able to fully immerse ourselves in the story and simply enjoy it. Additionally the somewhat sprawling narrative bears some similarity to a set of Russian dolls, adding to this disorientating feeling.
Nevertheless Deal With the Dragon is still not one to miss, it’s the kind of madcap show that could only really exist at the Fringe and despite the number of hilarious though unnecessary digressions it still remains a joyous hour and ten minutes. Yes, there are a few issues, but when you’re confronted with an oh-so-fabulous and witty, gay dragon do you think anyone will really care? Given Rolston’s natural charm and unmissable energy I’m willing to bet you’ll love it.